Here are the latest stories for Wednesday.
MAN UNITED: Jose Mourinho has confirmed the club will exercise their option to extend Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract for a second season.
– Daley Blind has told De Telegraaf there are similarities between Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho but the Portuguese is “all about winning.”
– Two football fans have uploaded a video showing how they managed to successfully sleep overnight undetected at Old Trafford before watching some of the game between Manchester United and Arsenal on Saturday.
REAL MADRID: Real Madrid have confirmed that Gareth Bale suffered damage to the tendons in his right ankle in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Sporting Lisbon.
– Ronaldo’s homecoming party passes him by as Real Madrid see off Sporting, writes Mark Ogden.
– Former Portugal international Paulo Futre says Cristiano Ronaldo is not universally loved in their home country, with some Portuguese people hoping Lionel Messi wins the 2016 Ballon d’Or.
– Real Madrid playmaker Isco has said both he and the club are keen to extend his contract, which expires in June 2018.
BARCELONA: Prosecutors in Spain are seeking a two-year prison sentence and a €10 million ($10.6m) fine for Neymar on corruption charges arising from alleged irregularities in his transfer from Santos to Barcelona.
MLS: Didier Drogba told reporters he will not return to Montreal in 2017 following the Impact’s 3-2 win against Toronto FC.
– The Montreal Impact held on for a 3-2 win against Toronto FC in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference final first leg, while the Seattle Sounders put together a two-goal rally to earn a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Marco Reus was delighted with his comeback performance in Borussia Dortmund’s 8-4 record-breaking defeat of Legia Warsaw at the Westfalenstadion on Tuesday.
– Champions League group stage permutations for round of 16.
TOTTENHAM: Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Tottenham need to improve their squad if they want to compete in the Premier League and Champions League after Spurs were eliminated in the group stage with Tuesday’s defeat in Monaco.
– Toby Alderweireld will not be fit for Tottenham’s match at Chelsea on Saturday, Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed.
– Harry Kane said Tottenham’s poor Champions League home results were the reason for their exit from the tournament with a game to spare after a 2-1 defeat at Monaco.
ARSENAL: Arsene Wenger is ready to take Arsenal into the latter stages of the Champions League as group winners after claiming Premier League clubs can compete against the competition’s best teams.
– Wenger has said Paris Saint-Germain’s easier league schedule could give them an edge in Wednesday’s Champions League clash at the Emirates Stadium.
MAN CITY: Vincent Kompany is feeling down after suffering yet another injury setback, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed.
UNITED STATES: Bruce Arena has been named manager of the United States men’s national team for a second time, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced on Tuesday.
– Jurgen Klinsmann said the outpouring of support he’s received from players since he was fired as United States coach on Monday has been “overwhelming.”
– U.S. international midfielder Jermaine Jones said that he thinks highly of Arena and that his experience will be invaluable in the quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
LEICESTER: Triumphant Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri insists the Foxes will produce another fairytale after reaching the Champions League knockout stages.
JUVENTUS: Juventus can do “so much better” after rallying to defeat 10-man Sevilla in their Champions League Group H clash at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Tuesday, reckons Claudio Marchisio.
LIVERPOOL: Melbourne Victory boss Ian Robson rates his club’s chances of bringing Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard to the A-League as “a million to one shot.”
– Jurgen Klopp has warned that he is prepared to drop any players in his Liverpool squad should they become complacent.
GERMANY: Germany could rest their Premier League players for the 2017 Confederations Cup, with general manager Oliver Bierhoff telling Sport Bild the English top flight is “hugely exhausting.”
BUNDESLIGA: The head of global soccer at RB Leipzig owners Red Bull has told Sport Bild he believes Germany’s 50+1 ownership rule should be abolished to enable the Bundesliga to remain “competitive.”
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